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Monday, November 28, 2011

UPDATE - LEWISDALE FATAL FIRE

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

Prince George's County Fire Investigators continue their work to determine the exact cause of a fire that occurred on Sunday morning in the 2400 block of Griffen Street in Lewisdale.  Preliminary information indicates that the cause of the fire appears to be "accidental."  The investigations remains open and on-going.

The fire claimed the life of six year old Omari Noel, date of birth 11/13/2005.  He was removed from the house by firefighters along with two other family members.  Omari was pronounced deceased at the hospital yesterday morning.

Two other family members were also removed by firefighters are the mother (30ish years of age) and aunt (60ish years of age) of the deceased.  Both females remain hospitalized in "critical" condition.
The grandmother was able to exit the home prior to the fire departments arrival.

Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.


PGFD PROFILE: Fire Fighter Jeffrey Fisher

PGFD PROFILE: Fire Fighter Jeffrey Fisher
By: Diane V. Cunningham, Public Relations Office

In every successful organization you will find star players, individuals who contribute greatly to its overall success. The NFL has Tom Brady; NBA has Kobe Bryant; MLB has Derek Jeter; USTA has Venus and Serena Williams and the Prince George’ s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department has Fire Fighter Jeffrey Fisher.

Fire Fighter Fisher, 47, a five-time Public Safety Valor Award recipient, took home a Bronze Medal of Valor in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2003. He was awarded a Silver Medal of Valor in 2001. According to our records, being a five-time Valor Award recipient makes him the most highly decorated member currently working for the Fire/EMS Department. We were reminded of this distinction as another congratulatory letter was being placed into Fisher’s personnel folder, citing him for his actions on an ambulance call.

Now in its 34th year, the Public Safety Valor Awards is an opportunity for the County Executive and other county officials to honor the men and women who do so much to protect the lives of Prince George’s County residents. Each year, a luncheon is held where Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are presented to deserving public servants representing Police, Fire/EMS, Department of Corrections, Department of the Sheriff, and Public Safety Communication workers. The criteria for receiving these prestigious awards are “actions above and beyond the call of duty; exhibiting exceptional courage; extraordinary decisiveness and presence of mind; or an unusual swiftness of action, regardless of his or her personal safety, in an attempt to save or protect human life.”

Fire Fighter Fisher, a 25-year veteran of the Fire/EMS Department, is currently assigned to Station 832, Allentown Road, on B Shift. Over the span of his career, he has been assigned to Fire/EMS Station's in Landover Hills #830, Capitol Heights #805, Chillum #844, Hillside #6 and was a member of the Special Tactical Unit. In his spare time he enjoys coaching his son, Aiden’s, football and lacrosse teams. He spends about 20 hours a week holding practices and games. Fisher is also a middle linebacker for the public safety league’s DC Generals. He attributes his interest in sports to being actively involved in them when he was younger.




Jeff Fisher’s 21-year-old daughter, Tara, is a senior at University of Maryland College Park. Five-year-old Aiden is attending Kindergarten at Windy Hill Elementary School.










While it is certain Fisher takes great pride in being a five-time Valor Award recipient, his proudest moment yet may have occurred on Thursday, November 3, 2011. On that date, Fire Fighter Jeffrey Fisher proudly pinned his 19 year-old son, Matt, who graduated from the Fire/EMS Department’s Career Recruit School #44.

Fire Fighter Fisher is a resident of Calvert County.

Smoke Alarm Effort to Continue Today Throughout County

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

A early morning house fire on Griffen Street in Lewisdale Sunday morning, November 27, 2011, claimed the life of a 6 year old and two family members remain in critical condition.

Fire Investigators could not locate a smoke alarm in the home.  Firefighters returned to the Lewisdale community yesterday afternoon and visited about 250 homes and provided 55 working smoke alarms and fire safety literature.

Firefighter/Medics across Prince George's County will continue with a smoke alarm distribution effort today between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.  Armed with smoke alarms and safety information firefighters will go door-to-door to ensure homes are afforded the protection of a working smoke alarm.  Having a working smoke alarm increases the chances of surviving a fire by 50%.

Citizens and residents need not wait for a member of the Fire/EMS Department to knock on your door to receive a smoke alarm.  Call our Safety First Smoke Alarm line at 301-864-SAFE (7233) and a firefighter will come to your home and install a smoke alarm; free of charge.  This free smoke alarm program is possible thanks to a generous donation of these life saving devices by PEPCO and the IAFF Local 1619 to the Fire/EMS Department.

Remember to test your smoke alarm monthly by pushing the "test" button on the front cover and ensure a warning tone is heard.  If no sound is emitted, replace the batteries immediately or replace the entire device.  Replace your battery at least once-a-year and if your smoke alarm is 10 years old; replace it with a new one.  Have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home, especially, outside of sleeping areas.

On Sunday, November 27, 2011, about sixty career and volunteer firefighters canvassed the Lewisdale community and provided smoke alarms and fire safety information to 250 homes.  Fire/EMS Stations participating in this effort included; Chillum-Adelphi #834, Chillum #844, Hyattsville #801, Baldensburg #809 and College Park #812.